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Fun and Easy Easter Fruit Salad Recipe

This fun and easy Easter fruit salad recipe with cute melon shapes makes a great healthy Easter dessert or breakfast for kids!

How to make a cute and easy Easter fruit salad - healthy Easter treat for kids

Easter is on it’s way and I’m excited to have lots of new Easter recipes to share with you this year!

I’ve got some yummy Easter treats in store, including a much-requested variation on my White Chocolate Mini Eggs Fudge, but before I get too carried away with all the chocolate based Easter recipes, I thought I’d start with a healthy Easter dessert – this cute and easy Easter fruit salad!

How to make a fun and healthy Easter dessert - Easter fruit salad recipe with melon shapes

This deliciously easy fruit salad has a super simple orange juice and honey dressing which would be delicious at any time of year, but I’ve made it extra special for Easter with the addition of some cute Easter themed melon shapes.

The great thing about this recipe is that it can be easily adapted to suit any occasion and would be great for healthy party food for kids – just use cookie cutters to cut the melon into any shape to suit your theme!

Cute and healthy Easter fruit salad recipe for kids

Easy Easter Fruit Salad

Ingredients (serves 4):

  • 200g green grapes
  • 200g red grapes
  • 150g blueberries
  • 150g strawberries
  • 1 Tbsp orange juice
  • 2 tsp honey or maple syrup
  • 1 thin slice watermelon
  • 1 thin slice honeydew melon
  • 1 thin slice cantaloupe melon

Method:

Wash and slice the grapes lengthways, then place in a large bowl with the blueberries.

Cut and discard the tops from the strawberries, then cut the strawberries into quarters and add to the bowl.

Cute and easy Easter Fruit Salad - step 1 prepare the fruit

In a  separate small bowl, whisk together the orange juice and honey (or maple syrup) until well combined.

Cute and easy Easter Fruit Salad - step 2 prepare the dressing

Pour the juice and syrup mixture over the bowl of fruit, then gently mix it all together with a large spoon until the fruit is completely coated in the dressing.

Cute and easy Easter Fruit Salad - step 3a cut melon into shapes

Using Easter themed cookie cutters, cut shapes from the melon slices.

Cute and easy Easter Fruit Salad - step 3b cut shapes from melon slices

Divide the fruit salad between 4 small bowls.

Cute and easy Easter Fruit Salad - step 4 divide fruit between bowls

Top each bowl with the melon shapes to decorate.

Cute and easy Easter Fruit Salad - step 5 top with Easter melon pieces

Serve immediately and enjoy!

Fun and healthy Easter Fruit Salad recipe for kids - with cute Easter melon shapes

If you liked this recipe, you might enjoy these fun and healthy Easter recipes too:

Chick Themed Easter Smoothies

How to make cute Easter chick themed yellow fruit smoothies - fun and healthy Easter recipe for kids

Quick and Easy Easter Nests

Healthy Easter Nests - a fun and healthy alternative to chocolate for kids - great after school snack idea or for lunch boxes

Flower Topped Mini Pancake Stacks

Cute mini pancake stacks with fruit flowers - fun special breakfast idea for kids

Easter Egg Breakfast Popsicles

Frozen yoghurt breakfast popsicles - cute and easy Easter dessert idea that kids will love

For more fun food and activity ideas for Easter like this one, check out the Fun Easter Food section here on the Eats Amazing blog or pop over and follow my Easter Pinterest boards for lots more fun ideas from around the web; Healthy Easter Food and Easter.

Grace

Cute and healthy Easter fruit salad recipe for kids

Print Fun and Easy Easter Fruit Salad

This fun and easy Easter Fruit Salad recipe makes a great healthy Easter dessert or breakfast for kids!
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine British, Easter

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Servings 4 people
Author Grace Hall
Ingredients

  • 200 g green grapes
  • 200 g red grapes
  • 150 g blueberries
  • 150 g strawberries
  • 1 Tbsp orange juice
  • 2 tsp honey or maple syrup
  • 1 thin slice watermelon
  • 1 thin slice honeydew melon
  • 1 thin slice cantaloupe melon

Instructions

  • Wash and slice the grapes lengthways, then place in a large bowl with the blueberries.
  • Cut and discard the tops from the strawberries, then cut the strawberries into quarters and add to the bowl.
  • In a  separate small bowl, whisk together the orange juice and honey (or maple syrup) until well combined.
  • Pour the juice and syrup mixture over the bowl of fruit, then gently mix it all together with a large spoon until the fruit is coated in the dressing.
  • Using Easter themed cookie cutters, cut shapes from the melon slices.
  • Divide the fruit salad between 4 small bowls then top each bowl with the melon shapes to decorate.

Love this easy recipe? Why not save it to Pinterest so you can easily find it again!

 How to make a cute and easy Easter Fruit Salad - healthy Easter dessert idea for kids  Easy Easter Fruit Salad recipe for kids - fun healthy Easter Dessert the whole family will love

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Mussels Marinara

two hands serving the mussels pasta with the mussels marinara over a plate of mussels marinara

This Mussels Marinara is super tasty, quick and easy to make! Served over pasta for a Mussel Pasta meal you’ll love! I also share my favroite tips about mussels and a fun video for the recipe!

I love mussels. Like love them. One of my most popular recipes ever on this blog is the How to Cook Mussels with Garlic Lemon sauce Recipe. It’s so popular that you have TO try it too!

Over on the How to Cook Mussels post, you’ll find images and step by details on getting started with mussels.

Stuff like How to Clean Mussels, What are Mussels, How to Eat Mussels, How to Make Mussels, What to Mussels Taste like, How Long to Cook Mussels, Are Mussels Good For you, and SO MUCH MORE!

So If you’re new to cooking mussels and want to get ahead of the game, I can’t urge you enough to read that post first. You may decide to try that recipe too which is equally delicious, or, you may want to come back here for the Mussels Marinara!

 

 

 

MUSSELS MARINARA

A little background about Mussels Marinara. I have to be transparent as this recipe stems from the beautiful rich Italian cuisine, it’s absolutely not my invention.

Seafood in Marinara sauce comes from Naples in Italy and it’s moved across the world. Today I’m making just mussels in marinara sauce because it’s super tasty.

With this recipe you have the rich seafood flavor from cooking the mussels right into the marinara sauce. Plus you obviously have the tomato, onion, celery and herb flavored marinara which pairs beautifully with the mussels.

If you tried the popular Mussels recipe on my blog, you’ll notice that as mussels cook, they release a good amount of liquid into the pan.

This is enough to make a pan sauce, and at that point you can choose to have it as it, or use it as a flavor booster to an existing pan sauce. In today’s case, I’m using it to add that seafood flavor to my existing marinara.

So let’s get to making this recipe!

MUSSEL PASTA

To make the mussel pasta or mussels marinara sauce you’ll start by cleaning your mussels and running them under cold water. Remove any strings or beards as they’re called by pulling them off from the shell.

You’ll need to be VERY vigilant at this stage observing any mussels that are open. This is probably the most important step in making sure you’ll be eating fresh mussels.

As you clean the mussels, make sure the mussels are all closed and sealed tight before cooking.

Now you’ll gather ingredients for the basic marinara sauce to start off your mussels pasta recipe with:

Ingredients for Marinara Sauce:

  • Onions
  • Celery
  • Garlic
  • Canned cherry tomatoes (or your favorite)
  • Homemade Basil Pesto (or store bought, but I urge YOU to try my homemade one!)
  • Fresh chopped basil

First of all, start by sautéing the onions and celery in olive oil until the onions are nice and golden brown. Use a large pot for this as this is where the mussels will be cooked too.

Also, don’t rush this step. This is probably one of the steps that everyone rushes, but please wait until the onion is in fact sweet and golden. Otherwise you’ll end up with a strong tasting onion in your marinara.

Then add in the garlic and red pepper (chilli flakes / red pepper flakes if you’re using). Then add the tomatoes, half the basil pesto and bring to a boil Cook the sauce down a bit before adding the mussels .

Now is when you’ll add the mussels and toss them in the sauce. Season with some salt and pepper, and drop the heat to medium heat.

You’ll want the sauce to still be bubbly but not boiling vigorously. Cover the pot and let the mussels cook.

Meanwhile, start cooking your pasta for this mussels pasta recipe! If you like al dente then cook it according to the package directions.

The mussels cook anywhere from 6-10 minutes. You’ll know the mussels are ready when you see the shells open.

Remember how we started off discarding any mussel with an open shell? Well now you’ll do the opposite.

Toss your mussels and add in the remaining amount of basil pesto. If you find any mussel that’s still sealed with shells tight closed, discard that one right away.

You’ll end up with plenty of extra delicious sauce for the pasta!

Serve right over pasta or crusty bread and enjoy!

MUSSELS MARINARA RECIPE TIPS

  • Cleaning mussels is the first step to making sure the mussels are fresh and ready to use. Rinse them under cold water, remove any beards or threads hanging from the shell.
  • If you find any mussel shell open at that point, discard the mussel right away before cooking.
  • Make the marinara sauce using your favorite marinara flavors. I add celery here although it’t not typical, but because it pairs so well with the mussels.
  • Make sure you sauté the onions until they’re slightly golden before proceeding with your recipe. This is the best way to make sure your sauce won’t taste like strong onion.
  • Cook down the marinara before adding in the mussels. Remember the mussels will let out a good amount of liquid into the sauce as well.
  • If you prefer using fresh basil only to flavor the marinara and mussels, do so, however basil pesto is far more concentrated and tasty!
  • I urge you to make my Basil Pesto recipe, plus you’ll find all the tips you need for making a whole bunch and freezing it.
  • When you add in the mussels to the pot, make sure to give them a good toss in the sauce and close the lid.
  • 5-8 minutes later, the mussel shells should open up. Cook them for an extra 5 minutes to allow them to soak up more sauce and flavors.
  • If any mussel shell after cooking remains closed and tight, discard the mussel right away. It’s not safe to eat.
  • Now serve the mussels marinara over pasta or with crusty bread and enjoy!

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Print Mussels Marinara

This Mussels Marinara is super tasty, quick and easy to make! Served over pasta for a Mussel Pasta meal you’ll love! I also share my favroite tips about mussels and a fun video for the recipe!
Course Main Course, Main Dish, Pasta
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword Mussels Marinara, mussels marinara recipe, Mussels Pasta, Mussels pasta recipe

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes

Calories 2442kcal
Author Mahy
Ingredients

  • 5 pounds mussels fresh water mussels, preferably organic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or butter
  • 1 onion large diced
  • 2 celery stalks diced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning or oregano
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup basil pesto divided
  • 2 cups canned cherry tomatoes with liquid
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli flakes more or less to taste
  • 1 pound cooked spaghetti pasta
  • Fresh basil minced
Instructions

  • Wash your mussels under cold water in a colander. Make sure you rinse them well and check if any mussel has a beard or string. Pull that out.
  • If you notice any mussel has an open shell, discard it right away before cooking as it’s not safe to eat.
  • Make the marinara sauce. You’ll need a large pot here as this will be your sauce and mussels pot. Use a 5 quart at least.
  • Sauté the onions and celery in olive oil. Add in the seasoning and make sure you cook the onions well before proceeding.
  • You want the sweet flavor of onions that compliments the sauce, not the strong overpowering onion taste.
  • Add in the garlic, sauté for a minute before adding in the tomatoes and half the amount of basil pesto. Season the sauce.
  • Cook that down for 5-7 minutes until the sauce starts to thicken and the flavors blend well together.
  • Now add in your mussels and toss them well in the sauce. Make sure to toss the mussels really well.
  • Then cover the pot and drop the heat to medium so the mussels can cook. They need a maximum of 10 minutes to cook. You’ll know they’re ready as you’ll see the shells have opened up.
  • I like to keep the mussels simmering in the sauce for an extra 5 minutes so they soak up more and more marinara flavor.
  • In the meantime you’ll be cooking your pasta al dente.
  • Once mussels are ready, add in the remaining amount of basil pesto and give it a final toss.
  • Serve the mussels over the cooked pasta and drizzle some olive oil for flavor. Sprinkle extra fresh basil and chilli flakes.
  • Serve and Enjoy!
Video

Notes

MUSSELS MARINARA RECIPE TIPS Cleaning mussels is the first step to making sure the mussels are fresh and ready to use. Rinse them under cold water, remove any beards or threads hanging from the shell.
If you find any mussel shell open at that point, discard the mussel right away before cooking.
Make the marinara sauce using your favorite marinara flavors. I add celery here although it’t not typical, but because it pairs so well with the mussels.
Make sure you sauté the onions until they’re slightly golden before proceeding with your recipe. This is the best way to make sure your sauce won’t taste like strong onion.
Cook down the marinara before adding in the mussels. Remember the mussels will let out a good amount of liquid into the sauce as well.
If you prefer using fresh basil only to flavor the marinara and mussels, do so, however basil pesto is far more concentrated and tasty!
I urge you to make my Basil Pesto recipe, plus you’ll find all the tips you need for making a whole bunch and freezing it.
When you add in the mussels to the pot, make sure to give them a good toss in the sauce and close the lid.
5-8 minutes later, the mussel shells should open up. Cook them for an extra 5 minutes to allow them to soak up more sauce and flavors.
If any mussel shell after cooking remains closed and tight, discard the mussel right away. It’s not safe to eat.
Now serve the mussels marinara over pasta or with crusty bread and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 2442kcal | Carbohydrates: 243g | Protein: 178g | Fat: 83g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 329mg | Sodium: 6945mg | Potassium: 5808mg | Fiber: 23g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 4845IU | Vitamin C: 151mg | Calcium: 722mg | Iron: 60mg

 

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Deepak Chaurasia calls Bollywood ‘Gangs of Nashapur', Aaj Tak's attack on Deepika Padukone – ThePrint

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New Delhi: Bollywood’s drug scandal was the central focus of prime time debates Tuesday after the alleged involvement of actors like Deepika Padukone and Dia Mirza emerged in the probe by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB).

NDTV 24×7 was the odd one out with anchor Sreenivasan Jain choosing to focus on the political slugfest over the farm bills that were passed in the Rajya Sabha Sunday.

In ‘Reality Check’, Jain wondered why the government had not been able to allay farmers’ anxieties regarding the bills’ impact on the minimum support price. Farmers across the country have been protesting against these bills.

“Most farmers are actually alright with the decision and are busy tending to their fields,” Haryana’s Agriculture Minister and BJP leader J.P. Dalal said. According to him, there’s only fear among the big farmers.

Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera was quick to hit back and said that the BJP was trying to “spread confusion that the farmers were shackled under the APMC (the Agricultural Produce Market Committee)”. APMC is a marketing board established by a state government to ensure that the farm to retail price of a farmer’s produce does not reach excessively high levels.

“Show me one year, one month, one day in the last 70 years that the farmer was not free to sell outside the APM. He was always free to sell outside the APM,” Khera said.

CNN-News18 went the Bollywood way and zeroed in on the A-listers allegedly implicated in the drug scandal. Actors Deepika Padukone and Dia Mirza are reportedly under the NCB’s scanner based on some WhatsApp chats that allegedly indicate they procured drugs. Mirza has denied all allegations.

“There’s Deepika Padukone…we’re talking about Sara Ali Khan, Shraddha Kapoor, these are A-listers, not small-time actors, this is not restricted to one Rhea Chakraborty,” said anchor Zakka Jacob while the ticker ‘Drug Taint on Bollywood’s Best & Brightest’ flashed.

Manjinder Singh Sirsa, Shiromani Akali Dal MLA, chimed in: “The problem here is whether they will be taken to the task and whether these high-profile names that we’ve been talking about, especially Deepika Padukone and Karan Johar, will they be tried for these cases?”

On India Today, anchor Rajdeep Sardesai questioned whether WhatsApp chats were enough to indict the actors.

Sardesai pointed out that the NCB “is supposed to investigate the inter-state trafficking and the major drug mafias” instead of doing a “hit job on Bollywood”.

Former NCB chief B.V. Kumar noted that leaked WhatsApp chats and messages were not sufficient as proof of guilt in this case.

“The evidence that has been recorded from the people is the evidence of the co-accused, which is leaked evidence and cannot be proved in a court of law without other independent evidence,” he said.

On News Nation, anchor Deepak Chaurasia called the film industry ‘Gangs of Nashapur’ in his prime time show ‘Desh Ki Bahas’.

“Why are the big stars of the film industry now silent? Is narco-terrorism being supported by these artists and should people publicly boycott them,” asked Chaurasia.

Social activist Ritu Chaudhary demanded that people like actor Kangana Ranaut and Rahul Mahajan, son of late BJP leader Pramod Mahajan, should also be tested by the NCB.

Hearing this, Chaurasia replied in an accusatory manner, “I just saw that your Twitter handle has INC (Indian National Congress) written on it”.

BJP spokesperson Prem Shukla took off on another tangent and talked about how veteran BJP leader Subramanian Swamy had once accused Congress’ Rahul Gandhi of getting caught with drugs in the US.

On Aaj Tak, anchor Anjana Om Kashyap triumphantly declared that the ‘D’ in the drug chats, which had surfaced in the NCB probe, had finally been decoded, referring to Deepika Padukone.

“Has the trend of Bollywood drug parties been so prevalent that it has made everyone dependent on drugs?” asked Kashyap.

Throughout the show, clips of actors in a party kept being flashed on the screen. The headline ‘Dum Maaro Dum, Deepika Kahaan Kam’ was also frequently projected with visuals from her movies where she played drunk characters.

BJP MP Manoj Tiwari noted that “some people have committed mistakes” and the whole Bollywood is being painted as a culprit.

“I was shocked to know Deepika Padukone’s name. I never knew about such parties while being part of Bollywood. I know the Bollywood that worships Ganapati before shooting for the film,” said Tiwari.

Actor-turned-MP Navneet Rana acknowledged that the revelation was not a surprise to her.

“Every industry has this trend, rave parties are quite popular. Even the children of politicians consume these drugs”, Rana claimed.

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The Best Turkey Chili

bowl of turkey chili with cheddar cheese sour cream cilantro and green onions.

This incredibly easy Turkey Chili recipe is delicious, hearty, healthy and has amazing flavor! A perfect blend of spices, ground turkey, tomatoes and beans. Don’t forget the toppings! Serve up bowls of this amazing turkey chili with homemade Beer Bread or Cornbread! Easy Turkey Chili Recipe There is nothing better than a bowl of hotView Post

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Briefing February 28 – March 6, 2021

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GULMARG

Artists perform at the inaugural function of the 2nd Khelo India National Winter Games, at the ski resort of Gulmarg, Friday, February 26, 2021. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

Unlike previous years when the tourism industry in Kashmir suffered a severe dent, the tourist footfalls, mostly domestic came as a relief to the hospitality sector. This year’s snowfall brought with it a huge influx of tourists across the country and the tourism department also busied itself with sports events, winter festivals, adventure related activities, Bollywood celeb visits. Lately, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the second Khelo India Winter Games in Gulmarg and said that the event is a step towards making Jammu and Kashmir a hub of winter sports. Athletes from 27 states and Union Territories are competing in the games which will conclude on March 2. He was addressing over 600 participants including international players through virtual mode. Khelo India International Games Festival, Prime Minister said signifies that Jammu and Kashmir is touching new heights in peace and development. Meanwhile, Sonmarg was thrown open amid reports that Dal Lake is among 12 sites termed iconic tourist destinations.

 KULGAM

Muslims perform the last rites of Sikh man in south Kashmir’s Kulgam on Thursday, February 25, 2021. KL Image: Special Arrangement

In remote Damhal Hanjipora, when Surinder Singh, 75, died at his Pombay residence, the locals gathered instantly to ensure a decent funeral of the senior citizen. Quite a few people from minority community live in the village and the locals gathered to ensure the mourning family does not face a problem. This, however, is nothing new. Elders from Sikh and Pandit minorities who stayed back and died were mostly created by their neighbours.

 REASI

It was a miraculous escape for Secretary Rural Development and four of his colleagues when the chopper they were flying in developed some technical crisis and had to make an emergency landing. They were flying from Reasi to Kishtwar when the snag interrupted the flight. The flying machine landed at Jyoti Puram in Reasi. One official survived with some injuries and all others were safe.

SRINAGAR

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti Wednesday addressing a press conference at her residence in Srinagar. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

Last week when the PDP announced that Mehbooba Mufti was re-elected as the party president, it triggered a barrage of commentary. A social media post said: “OK, you are the president, but where is the party?” A newspaper cartoon showed Mehbooba Mufti taking the crown from her head and placed on her replica image. This sade commentary was indicative of the state of politics that Kashmir is witnessing. PDP, off late, has faced a chain of defections to create the Apni Party. Its leader’s continue to desert the party. The last one who quit the party was Peer Mansoor. Those who have not left are either keeping a low profile or rest in detention.

KISHTWAR

An alto car bearing registration number JK 06-8421 met with an accident near Gujjar Hostel in Chatroo area of Kishtwar district on Sunday, February 21, 2021

A pall of gloom descended in Kishtwar when in a tragic road accident a family lost its three members. The vehicle they were travelling in skidded off the road and fell 300 feet down the gorge when they were on their way from Doda to Chingam. When it reached Gujjar Hostel Chatroo, the driver lost control over the steering near a curve. A woman, her son and her daughter were killed. The roads in Chenab region are notorious for road accidents as the area is hilly, roads are in bad shape and people are speeding or taking norms for a ride.

SRINAGAR

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The speculations, queries, anxieties of class 10 students were finally answered when Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education (JKBOSE), declared results on February 26. As soon as results were declared, the phones did not stop to ring. The sweet shops witnessed a rush as relatives, neighbours, and friends poured in to congratulate teachers and students. This year, as pandemic prevented students from attending the schools and forced to avail slow speed internet, the overall pass percentage was recorded at 75 per cent with girls outdoing boys by the slightest margin. The pass percentage of boys stood at 74.04 per cent while those of females was 76.09 per cent. 75132 students – 38340 boys and 36792 girls had written their examinations of whom 56384 were declared as qualified. But the morning turned out to be mourning for many as 18626 students who failed.

KASHMIR

The seasoned twigs sorted and graded, ready for sale. It is the basic raw material in wicker works. KL Image: Bilal Bahadur

Kashmir Willow Wicker products are set to eye a larger market through e-commerce platforms like Amazon and  Myntra under the World Bank-funded Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery Project (JTFRP). For the Willow Wicker Project Ganderbal, domain expert having vast experience in working with natural plant fibres KADAM has been engaged in the development of the cluster. The project will lead to the creation of self -sustaining Producer Company (PC) of the artisans that would be directly linked to the markets. Besides, under the Willow Wicker Project self-sustainable enterprises of the artisans which would be connected with the markets at national and international levels would be created.

LAGRIPORA

a file photo of Suhail Ahmad Ahangar, the cop who was killed in Baghat attack in Srinagar on Friday, February 19, 2021.

Suhail Ahanger, one of the two cops who were killed in a hit and run attack by militants in Baghat, was orphaned when he was seven months old. His father, Mushtaq, was gone missing during the early days of militancy in October 1990 much before Suhail was born. Interestingly, he had been deputed to Srinagar – after being transferred from Jammu only two days before his killing. Now his two minor sons are in the same state as he himself was. Suhail was raised by his grandfather, Muhammad Abdullah. Mushtaq was a floor mill employee where the security forces were also camping and was being frequently questioned.

LAL CHOWK

A day after the foreign envoys visit concluded, the Baghat attack triggered yet another debate – the abuse of Pheran, the Kashmir cloak that is part of the dress and a cultural symbol, by militants, As muscular voices about banning the garment were broadcast, there was an instant response – a few officers of the paramilitary forced some commuters to remove pherans. On social media, pictures were flooded with instances in Lal Chowk and Hari Singh High Street where pedestrians were asked to remove the traditional cloak. Historically the garment was denounced as Mughal design to induce laziness in Kashmir while this is for the first time, the new narrative frames it as a weapon.

GANDERBAL

In a gruesome and shocking crime, a doctor and five of his “associates” were arrested for the illegal termination of the pregnancy of a minor girl. The girl was subjected to the compulsive delivery of the baby by a doctor, which could have killed the infant. Cops overseeing the investigations said the victim girl revealed that her family members took her to the accused doctor’s clinic in Sopore for abortion.

BANIHAL

Train service resumes In Kashmir valley after 11 months on Monday February 22,2021. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

The Kashmir train running between Banihal and Baramulla is back to business, almost a year after it stopped operations. Traversing a distance of 137 km, the train has 17 stations on the route which wore a deserted look for more than 11 months.  Following the Covid-19 pandemic and even before the rail services was suspended on March 19, 2020. But the train service in Kashmir has been witness to sudden screeches and halting. Earlier, the train service was suspended in August 2019 after the reading down of Article 370. The service was subsequently restored after 100 days. Similarly, in 2016, after the killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani, the services remained suspended for over six months.

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Creamy Alfredo Sauce

Creamy Alfredo Sauce is a slight variation on your traditional Alfredo sauce. How is this creamy Alfredo Sauce different? I add a variety of hard Italian cheeses and an egg yolk. The result is a creamy Alfredo sauce that tastes wonderful.

creamy alfredo sauce with fettuccine noodles on a plate

Alfredo Sauce is so easy to make, so you don’t need to wonder how to make Alfredo sauce. Whenever people ask me for an easy recipe, I always suggest Alfredo Sauce.

While it may not be the healthiest meal to have, it is great for low carb people, and it is good in moderation.

Pasta for Alfredo Sauce

Do you ever wonder what pasta to use for Alfredo sauce? I know a lot of people like to make Alfredo sauce with fettuccine.

There are many other types of pasta shapes you can use for Alfredo sauce. Some favorites of mine are tortellini, rigatoni, and even pasta shells.

Pasta that has a lot of shapes and turns is great for Alfredo sauce because it picks up the extra sauce. Truth be told, I have even made this with spaghetti in a pinch.

Alfredo Sauce with Egg Yolk

You might wonder why we add the egg yolk into the sauce. It makes the sauce very rich and it helps to thicken the sauce. I thought this was an amazing addition to the classic sauce.

The egg yolk also helps give the sauce just a little bit of color. The sauce becomes a little more yellow with the addition. I think this a wonderful addition to this sauce.

overhead view of fettuccine noodles with creamy alfredo sauce and parmesan cheeseCreamy Alfredo Sauce Cheese Tips

I have one more big tip when it comes to making homemade Alfredo sauce: GRATE YOUR CHEESE. Really, grate your cheese. Cheese that comes pre-grated has anti-caking agents in it.

Ever wonder why that cheese that you buy pre-shredded isn’t in a glob? It is due to anti-caking agents, usually cellulose or potato starch.

Those anti-caking agents will will give the sauce a different texture. It will not be as creamy as it is with using freshly grated cheese.

Please, don’t use the stuff in the can, I have a can in my pantry. I use it to thicken spaghetti sauce or to flavor meatloaf.

My preference is always cheese that you grate yourself. My grocery store sells in-store grated cheese and that’s ok to use. But please no packaged pre-grated cheese for this recipe.

fettuccine noodles with creamy alfredo sauce and parmesanIngredients

Here’s a list of what you need:

  • Heavy cream
  • Unsalted butter
  • White pepper
  • Nutmeg
  • Grated Parmesan, Romano, and Asiago cheese mix
  • Egg yolk

creamy alfredo sauce ingredientsHow to Make Creamy Alfredo Sauce

How you make this creamy Alfredo sauce, is pretty close to the standard way of making Alfredo sauce.

I like to make Alfredo sauce in a skillet. I think this helps to distribute the heat evenly through the sauce.

  1. Heat a medium sized skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add butter and cream into the skillet.
  3. Stir to blend together the melted butter and heavy cream.
  4. Add white pepper and nutmeg to the cream mixture.
    creamy alfredo sauce in a saucepan
  5. When the sauce just begins to bubble, add cheese and stir.
  6. Add an egg yolk and mix quickly.
  7. When the cheese has melted turn off the heat and serve immediately.

Please note this sauce does not reheat well.

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Make creamy alfredo sauce with egg yolk and freshly grated cheese.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Creamy Alfredo Sauce

Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes

Servings 2
Calories 1125kcal
Ingredients

  • 1/2 pint heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 6 tablespoons freshly grated cheese (I used a blend of Parmesan, Romano, and Asiago)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 pound pasta cooked according to package directions
Instructions

  • Heat a medium-sized skillet over medium heat. Add butter and cream into the skillet. Stir to blend together the melted butter and heavy cream.
  • Add white pepper and nutmeg to the cream mixture. Stir to combine.
  • When the sauce just begins to bubble, add cheese and stir in.
  • Add 1 egg yolk and mix quickly.
  • When the cheese has melted, turn off the heat and serve immediately with pasta.
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Notes

This sauce does not reheat well.

Nutrition

Calories: 1125kcal | Carbohydrates: 89g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 74g | Saturated Fat: 45g | Cholesterol: 333mg | Sodium: 288mg | Potassium: 360mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2700IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 285mg | Iron: 1.9mg

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Olive Garden Sicilian Scampi

Olive Garden Sicilian Scampi is a delicious appetizer of shrimp with creamy, cheesy garlic white wine sauce on toasted bread. Topped with black olives, tomatoes, and green onion, this dish is a feast of flavors.

homemade Olive Garden Sicilian Scampi on a plate

Originally Olive Garden Sicilian Scampi was served as an appetizer. We also suggest serving this over pasta instead of bread.

While you can no longer find this decadent appetizer on Olive Garden’s menu, long-time guests of the chain may still fondly remember this remarkable Olive Garden bruschetta recipe. After all, who can forget the delectable taste of shrimp drenched in a wonderfully creamy, cheesy sauce, topped with tangy tomatoes, briny olives, and served on top of a freshly toasted slice of Italian bread. If you still have dreams of the last time you had this Sicilian scampi, you are in luck. You can now make this Olive Garden shrimp scampi appetizer at home. Although this isn’t the type of recipe you will want to throw together at the last minute, for those special occasions when you want to serve something that is guaranteed to impress, this is unquestionably going to get the job done.

Mastering the Mornay Sauce

The creaminess in this dish depends on the quality of the cheese sauce or more traditionally referred to as a Mornay sauce. Proper sauce-making technique means the differences between a smooth, creamy consistency and a lumpy sauce tasting of uncooked flour.

  1. After cooking the shrimp entirely, remove them from the pan, but leave behind any remaining liquid and aromatics.
  2. If there is a fair bit of liquid left pan, you can sprinkle a tablespoon of flour directly over the surface and give it a good stir. If little liquid remains in the pan, create a paste by mixing the flour with a tablespoon of water and adding it to the pan. Doing this will help prevent the flour from darkening as the raw flour flavor cooks out.
  3. When you start to smell an aroma like fresh bread, add half a cup of heavy cream. You can use half-and-half or even whole milk if you prefer.
  4. Continue to stir until the sauce thickens slightly.
  5. Reduce the heat to low and add the finely shredded cheese a bit at a time while continually stirring.
  6. When all the cheese melts, remove from heat and cover to keep warm.

Tips for Making and Serving Olive Garden Shrimp Scampi Appetizer

  • Add wine and lemon juice to the pan when it is off the heat. Adding liquids with high acidity levels to a hot pan is dangerous and can cause splatter. To reduce the chance of getting burned, never add wine or lemon juice while the pan is over the heat. When you return the pan to the stove, make sure to adjust the heat to medium-low before adding the shrimp.
  • Use fresh Italian bread. Cut the bread approximately a quarter-inch thick and toast until the outside crisps up. The softer bread in the center of the toast will act as a sponge to soak up any excess Mornay sauce. Garlic lovers can rub a raw garlic clove on the cut sides of the bread for more flavor.
  • Select plum or grape tomatoes. You may want to include various red, yellow, and purple tomatoes for a more attractive-looking bruschetta. Scrap out all the pulp and seeds from all the tomatoes before using them in this recipe to avoid diluting the Mornay sauce.

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Ingredients

Here’s a list of what you need:

  • Shrimp
  • Olive oil
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Dry white wine
  • All-purpose flour
  • Water
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Garlic salt
  • Heavy cream
  • Shredded asiago cheese
  • Shredded mozzarella
  • Shredded Romano cheese
  • Black olives
  • Green onion
  • Tomato
  • Italian bread
  • Crushed red pepper

Olive Garden Sicilian Scampi ingredientsHow to Make Olive Garden Sicilian Scampi

  1. Slice and toast Italian bread.
  2. Heat olive oil in a saucepan. Add wine and lemon juice.
  3. When olive oil starts to boil, place shrimp in the pan and cook on medium heat until shrimp curls. Remove shrimp but leave wine mixture in the pan.
    six shrimp in a skillet
  4. In the same saucepan, add onion, minced garlic, and garlic salt. Sauté until the onions are transparent.
  5. Mix flour with water to make a paste.
  6. Add flour paste to the saucepan. Stir and cook until sauce is thick.
  7. Pour cream in the sauce, stir, then add the cheeses one at a time, whisking constantly after each addition. The sauce should be a medium-thick consistency and smooth. If the sauce is too thick, add a little water and whisk. Remove from heat.
    Olive Garden Sicilian Scampi sauce in a skillet
  8. Place toasted Italian bread slices on a serving tray in an X.
  9. Arrange shrimp in the middle of the bread.
  10. Spoon sauce in the middle of the bread, covering the shrimp.
  11. Sprinkle with sliced green onions, olives, tomatoes, and crushed red pepper on top. Sprinkle more Parmesan cheese on top if you would like.

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Enjoy this classic Olive Garden Sicilian Scampi at home.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Olive Garden Recipe, Scampi, Shrimp, Sicilian Scampi

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Servings 4
Calories 401kcal
Ingredients

  • 6 shrimp
  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon onion finely diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine Chablis
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup water if needed
  • 1/2 cup asiago cheese + 1 tablespoon finely shredded
  • 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese finely shredded
  • 1 tablespoon Romano cheese finely shredded
  • 4 black olives sliced
  • 1 tablespoon green onion sliced
  • 1/4 cup diced tomato
  • 4 Slices Italian bread (4-6″ long, 1 and 1/2″ thick, cut diagonally), lightly toasted
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
Instructions

  • Heat olive oil in a saucepan; add wine and lemon juice. When olive oil starts to boil, place shrimp in the pan and cook on medium heat until shrimp curls. Remove shrimp but leave wine mixture in the pan.
  • In the same saucepan, add onion, minced garlic, and garlic salt. Saute until the onions are transparent.
  • Mix 1 tablespoon flour with 1 tablespoon water to make a paste.
  • Add flour paste to the saucepan. Stir and cook until sauce is thick.
  • Pour cream in the sauce, stir, then add the cheeses one at a time, whisking constantly after each addition. The sauce should be a medium-thick consistency and smooth. If the sauce is too thick, add a little water and whisk. Remove from heat.
PRESENTATION:

  • Place Italian bread on a serving tray in an X.
  • Arrange shrimp in the middle of the bread.
  • Spoon sauce in the middle of the bread, covering the shrimp.
  • Sprinkle with sliced green onions, olives, tomatoes, and crushed red pepper on top. Sprinkle more Parmesan cheese on top if you would like.

Nutrition

Calories: 401kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 628mg | Potassium: 126mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 670IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 236mg | Iron: 1mg

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Cadbury Mini Egg Cookies

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Palak Paneer (Spinach Cottage Cheese Curry)

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